Minimum wage workers can’t afford any apartments in Minnesota

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– A new Minnesota Housing Partnership report finds a person working full time at minimum wage can’t afford a one-bedroom apartment in any the state’s 87 counties. 

U.S. Senator Tina Smith said in an interview today that her staffers have been going on a listening tour across the state to hear Minnesotans’ concerns on housing.

Smith and Alaskan Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski are introducing legislation this week to address homelessness.

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)

The legislation will allow tribal governments to apply for homelessness funding programs that would otherwise be unavailable to them. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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